Two Long Island men were arrested Friday night after cops found them hiding in the woods with four large bags of marijuana and later discovered an extensive marijuana grow farm, Nassau County police said.
The men – Bryan Zembreski, 36, and Anthony Donarummo, 40 – both of East Northport, were arraigned Sept. 21 after being charged with first-degree criminal possession of marijuana.
Police were called to Brookville Nurseries at 5300 Northern Blvd. in Glen Head at 9:28 p.m. on Friday after an employee reported “suspicious persons,” a news release said.
Old Brookville Police called for a Nassau County police canine unit to search the area. When the police dog arrived, officers found Zembreski hiding in the woods next to four large bags, which contained “a substance believed to be marijuana,” law enforcement officials said. Donarummo, who police said was also hiding in the woods, allegedly began to run from the police canine and was soon located in a heavy brush area.
While authorities were canvassing the area, they located an “extensive marijuana grow farm,” containing plants between 12 and 15 feet high. It was unclear how many plants were found.
There was no answer at a phone number listed for Brookville Nurseries. Officials said there was no indication that the nursery knew of the illegal operation.
Court records show Zembreski was ordered held on $10,000 bail or $20,000 bond. Donarummo was held on $5,000 bail or $10,000 bond. Both men remain in custody, as of this writing, are due back in court on Tuesday.